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India vs. Australia: Umesh Yadav’s selection for the Indian T20 team caused some debate, but Rohit Sharma explained why he was chosen to take the place of Mohammed Shami, who tested positive for Covid.

Umesh Yadav, 34, received an unexpected call-up to the team as a replacement player after Mohammed Shami was ruled out of India’s three-match T20I series against Australia due to COVID-19. Umesh Yadav has played only seven T20 Internationals, and he last represented India in this format in 2019. Many young candidates were waiting in the wings, including Mohammed Siraj, who was healthy and available, thus Umesh’s choice caused some consternation. However, Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, supported the veteran pacer and highlighted his IPL 2022 performance in his support. He also explained Siraj’s exclusion from the squad.

In a news conference in Mohali, where the first T20I would be played on Tuesday, Rohit remarked, “There were few choices, but few of them are injured like Prasidh (Krishna).”

“Siraj is a county player, therefore we don’t want him to fly there only to play a couple of games. That will not be just, “Rohit continued by explaining.

The India captain said that Avesh Khan is still healing after becoming unwell during the Asia Cup earlier this month, calling it “unfortunate” that Shami caught Covid just before the series.

“Avesh needed some time to heal after being quite ill during the Asia Cup. In terms of fitness, he required some time to recover and rebuild. These factors were taken into account, “added said.

Concerns regarding Umesh Yadav’s limited T20 cricket experience for India were allayed by Rohit.

Those who have been bowling for a while, like Umesh and Shami, are still taken into consideration, he said.

“In each format, they have played, they have established themselves as players. We are aware of the quality, but whether or not the new people have experience with this style will rely on them. However, men like Umesh and Shami will be brought back if they are healthy and fit “added Rohit. “We witnessed how Umesh bowled in the IPL, so we don’t need to look at their form.”

“Umesh bowled quite well; he swings the ball and bowlers quickly. That was the idea, which was actually quite basic. We didn’t really have a debate about it. We have tested numerous players with the World Cup just on the corner. We have an obvious thought process and a plan for how we want to proceed “Rohit came to an end.

The pacers in India’s primary team are Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, and Arshdeep Singh Mohammed Shami is one of the backup players for them in the T20 World Cup.

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